REACH – Reading Enhances All Choices for Humans

REACH 2020 SUMMER PROGRAM - Cancelled due to Covid -19

Experts believe it's important for children to read at least 20 minutes a day during the summer to maintain the literacy skills learned in the previous school year. Sadly, this isn't happening for many children for a variety of reasons. By the time the next school year begins, they are behind their classmates.

REACH was started to give students in grades 1 through 5 a boost during the last weeks of summer. It concentrates on reading and gives those students a chance to refresh those skills and gain confidence in themselves before school starts again..

Last summer, we averaged 21 students a day and offered a blend of classroom learning with activities that made learning FUN! Each day began with lessons that were appropriate for the age and skill level of the students in every group. We played MATH BINGO, had crafts that complimented the day's subject, and provided snacks and recess that gave them access to good nutrition and physical activity. There were special guests that added so very much to the program....Isaac from the Reading Foundation read several wonderful stories to all the children, then sent them home with books they had chosen, and got to keep. Davey, from the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, gave presentations on some of the critters that live in the Refuge habitat. He brought birds, feathers, bugs and microscopes that the students got to see, feel, and use...much to the delight of the children and adults involved in the program! Ken Russell led a nature walk, pointing out and explaining the amazing wonders we have right here on our own church grounds! Todd and Janie Stover brought in computers for the students to use and Todd even took one apart and answered all their questions about what makes them work!

This summer, the REACH Program is scheduled for August 3rd through August 20th. It will run four days a week, Monday through Thursday. We will be putting out a call for volunteers to help with a multitude of tasks. Last summer we were blessed with amazing teachers and helpers that made the program a success! More information will go out to the North Thurston School District in the spring, to let students know about REACH. We will keep you updated on this site!

 
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